GeneralEcology

Ecology

Gorillas live in the rain forest, just like all other great apes. Only chimpanzees occur in the african tree-savannah as well. Everyday the Gorillas wander around in their areas, from one feeding ground to another. They feed almost exclusively on plants, which they consume in large volumes. Without forests Gorillas cannot survive. They only leave the forest when they are searching for food in the open grassland.

Survey of the Cross River Gorilla at the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Cameroon

July 2017

In January 2014 I started to study the ecology of Cross River gorillas at the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary (THWS) in collaboration with the local...[details]

Ape Dung to Restore Degraded and Fragmented Forest Habitats

July 2016

Though restoring forest is not a substitute to preserve intact forest, for sites where large parts of the forest have already been cleared, restoring...[details]

Seed Dispersal by Western Lowland Gorillas: from Fruits to Seedlings

July 2016

African tropical rainforests, the second most important biodiversity refuge after the Amazonian basin, host a multitude of plant species. The...[details]

Feeding Competition in Female Bwindi Mountain Gorillas

January 2016

All animals - including humans - must eat to survive. The energy derived from food is necessary to sustain basic metabolic and muscle functions,...[details]

Tracking of Grauer's Gorillas in North Kivu

July 2015

A camera trap placed in the forest caught a group of Grauer’s gorillas. (© DFGFI)

The effective protection of a gorilla population requires a solid knowledge of the demography, ecology and behaviour of their social groups. The...[details]

Bushmeat Hunting Changes African Rainforests

January 2014

Hunting often devastates populations of large mammals, and this may have impact on other animal and plant communities. In two recent studies (Effiom...[details]

Park Protects Swamp Dwelling Gorillas

July 2013

Swampy forest with Marantaceae

In 2000, WCS Senior Conservationist, and National Geographic explorer, Mike Fay set off on his now famous MegaTransect through the forests of Central...[details]

Feeding Ecology of Sympatric Apes

January 2012

A silverback gorilla looking for fruits in Loango (© Josephine Head)

Examining dietary composition and overlap between species living within the same environment is important for improving our understanding of their...[details]

Changing Ecological Conditions

December 2010

Cyril Grüter on top of a Virunga Volcano (© Cyril Grüter)

The mountain gorillas of the Virunga Volcano Massif have been the subject of intense research and conservation efforts by the Karisoke Research...[details]

Tree Nursery on Mt. Tshiaberimu

June 2010

During germination, the seedlings are protected from the sun (© Jean de Dieu Vhosi)

Mount Tshiaberimu is a site that is critical both for conservation and for the development of local communities. It is located in one of the most...[details]

Bai Hokou

June 2010

Shelly Masi with Makumba (© Ngombo Diedone)

The south-western region of the Central African Republic includes one of the most pristine tropical forests in the whole of Africa. Located in the...[details]

Western Gorilla Life History

December 2009

Side profiles of gorillas of different life-history classes. The two photos in each row present a typical example of the life-history classes used in this study (from top: infang, juvenile, subadult, blackback, young silverback and adult female/adult silverback (© Thomas Breuer)

Gorillas are known among the great apes for their fast life history patterns. In zoos it is common for female gorillas to give birth before reaching...[details]

How Insectivorous Are Gorillas?

December 2006

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Bwindi Gorilla Diet

December 2004

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Impact of Sericostachys scandens

December 2010

Sericostachys scandens in Nyungwe National Park, showing the recent die-off. Left: 20 January 2010, right: 27 October 2010 (© Paul Scholte)

In November, 2004, WCS and ICCN teams surveyed the highland sector of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park where they found at least 168 gorillas. The...[details]

Gorilla Studies in Nouabalé-Ndoki

December 1999

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]